Roasted Onion Gratin with Cheddar and Bacon

Slow-roasted onions in a decadent sauce sprinkled with cheddar and bacon creates an unforgettable gratin.

The moment I laid eyes on this beautiful creation it was crazy love. I wanted to high-tail it to the kitchen and immediately start making it. It spoke out loud and said my name. That doesn’t happen often…. 

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Manchurian Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower tossed in a spicy, savory tomato sauce with a hint of vinegary sweetness.

Typically the cauliflower would be battered and deep-fried first but given my recent obsession with roasting and knowing how messy and fussy frying is I went the easier route. The timing works out perfect because while the florets are roasting you can get busy making the sauce…. 

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Lemon Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

A serious issue is unfolding right before my your eyes. One that involves roasting.

I. can’t. stop.

Just like when I see fresh fruit and my mind immediately wanders through all the possible desserts I can bake the same thing is happening every time I see a vegetable.

All I want to do is smother it in oil and seasonings and roast it into golden brown submission…. 

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Cinnamon Chile Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Roasted potatoes are the quickest way to my heart. Roasted sweet potatoes with cinnamon? Marry me.

Sweet and white potatoes get a big kick in the pants from a coating of warm spices – a mix of cinnamon, chile powder, cumin, paprika and a touch of cayenne. Sweet, smoky and spicy… 

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Chopped Pear and Spinach Salad

There’s something about a chopped salad I adore. A salad cut into a million little pieces so just about every single bite includes the sum of its parts. For that perfect bite. Best when there’s a mix of sweet, savory and salty flavors as well as soft, crunchy and chewy textures.

This chopped salad has all of that going for it and more with bosc pears, sliced almonds, dried cranberries, couscous, feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, baby spinach and romaine tossed together in a honey mustard dressing. Your taste buds will scream happiness…. 

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Baked Cauliflower Bites with Cheddar Dipping Sauce

I’m a former mustard-hater-turned-lover who grew up loathing the yellow mustard and the occasional spicy brown Grey Poupon that showed up in our fridge so this was my chance at redemption. I did it for the mustard…. 

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Roasted Greek Potatoes with Feta and Lemon

Roasted potatoes have special charms you’d be hard-pressed to find in mashed or baked potatoes. No matter how hard you look.  No matter how fond you are of them.

Maybe, because of this, a strange, roasted potato mania is causing them, out of the blue, to pop into my head at all hours of the day and night.

Like at 5 in the morning when I awaken from a nightmare craving roasted potatoes with smoked paprika.

Like right after breakfast when I can’t blame it on hunger but find myself daydreaming of greasy, chicken-fat-drowned potatoes roasting with an entire chicken in my oven…. 

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Baked Zucchini Fries with Onion Dipping Sauce

Oven Fried Zucchini Fries

Many moons ago I confessed that I love zucchini so much I eat it in the dead of winter even though it’s been trucked in from who knows where and is ridiculously overpriced!

So I find myself giving you a recipe for zucchini fries that is obviously out of season. Some of you are exactly like me and have zucchini in your refrigerator right this very moment. Or maybe you’re lucky enough to live somewhere warm where fresh, local zucchini is available all year long.

This one’s for you…. 

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